September 11th, 2013
10:59 AM ET

Montana Wife Pushes New Husband Off Cliff

A stunning twist in a Montana murder investigation has a young woman charged with killing her own husband, just eight days after their wedding. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Police say Jordan Linn Graham,22, led them on a wild goose chase after pushing her new husband, Cody Lee Johnson, face-first off a cliff in Glacier National Park.

Though Cameron Fredrickson, one of Johnson's friends, said “Any time that we asked Cody how the relationship was, he always said it was good."

According to police, on the day of Johnson's death, Graham had the following conversation with a friend:

Graham: "Oh well, I'm about to talk to him."

Friend: "I'll pray for you guys"

Graham: "but dead serious if you don't hear from me at all again tonight, something happened."

The angry wife eventually admitted to police her husband grabbed her arm and then she pushed his back, which sent him flying off the edge of the cliff.

But officials say the bride told multiple lies before coming clean.

According to the criminal complaint, she initially said she received a "text message from Johnson's phone saying he was going to drive home with a friend," that night, but somehow deleted that text message.

Days later, Graham led park rangers to an area of the cliff where she "happened" to find her husbands' body.

When the park ranger said it was unusual she had found Johnson, Graham replied, "It was the place he wanted to see before he died."

It wasn't until a second police interview she admitted to pushing her spouse to his death.

The woman is now  facing second-degree murder charges and possibly life in prison.

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